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Portugal national football team

The Portugal national football team (Portuguese: Seleção Portuguesa de Futebol, pronounced [sɨlɛˈsɐ̃w̃ puɾtuˈgezɐ dɨ futɨˈbɔl]) represents Portugal in international men's association football competition since 1921. It is controlled by the Portuguese Football Federation, the governing body for football in Portugal.

Portugal
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)A Seleção das Quinas (Selection of the Quinas); The Navigators[1]
AssociationPortuguese Football Federation (FPF)
ConfederationUEFA (Europe)
Head coachFernando Santos
CaptainCristiano Ronaldo
Most capsCristiano Ronaldo (154)
Top scorerCristiano Ronaldo (85)
Home stadiumEstádio da Luz (Benfica)
FIFA codePOR
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current7 Steady (25 October 2018)[2]
Highest3 (May–June 2010, October 2012, April–June 2014, September 2017 – April 2018)
Lowest43 (August 1998)
Elo ranking
Current6 Decrease 2 (18 November 2018)[3]
Highest2 (June 2006)
Lowest42 (November 1962)
First international
 Spain 3–1 Portugal 
(Madrid, Spain; 18 December 1921)
Biggest win
 Portugal 8–0 Liechtenstein 
(Lisbon, Portugal; 18 November 1994)
 Portugal 8–0 Liechtenstein 
(Coimbra, Portugal; 9 June 1999)
 Portugal 8–0 Kuwait 
(Leiria, Portugal; 19 November 2003)
Biggest defeat
 Portugal 0–10 England 
(Lisbon, Portugal; 25 May 1947)
World Cup
Appearances7 (first in 1966)
Best resultThird place (1966)
European Championship
Appearances7 (first in 1984)
Best resultChampions (2016)
Confederations Cup
Appearances1 (first in 2017)
Best resultThird place (2017)

Portugal's first participation in a major tournament finals, at the 1966 FIFA World Cup, saw a team featuring famed striker Eusébio finish in third place. The next two times Portugal qualified for the World Cup finals were in 1986 and 2002, going out in the first round both times. Portugal also made it to the semi-finals of the UEFA Euro 1984 final tournament, losing 3–2 after extra time to the hosts and eventual winners France. The team reached the semi-finals of Euro 2000, the 2006 World Cup and Euro 2012, as well as the final of Euro 2004, the latter on home soil. At Euro 2016, Portugal won its first ever major trophy, defeating hosts France 1–0 after extra time, with the winning goal scored by Eder. With the win, Portugal qualified and made its first appearance in the FIFA Confederations Cup held in Russia, where they finished third.

The team's home stadium is the Estádio Nacional, in Oeiras, although most of their home games are frequently played in other stadiums across the country. The current head coach is Fernando Santos and the captain is Cristiano Ronaldo, who also holds the team record for most caps and for most goals.

Contents

HistoryEdit

Early World Cup attemptsEdit

Portugal was not invited to the 1930 World Cup, which only featured a final stage and no qualification round. The team took part in the 1934 FIFA World Cup qualification, but failed to eliminate their Spanish opponents, aggregating two defeats in the two-legged round, with a 9–0 loss in Madrid and 2–1 loss in Lisbon for an aggregate score of 11–1.

In the 1938 FIFA World Cup qualification, the Seleção played one game against Switzerland in a neutral ground, held in Milan, losing 2–1 against the Swiss, ending qualification prospects. Because of the international conflict due to the World War II, there was no World Cup held until the 1950 competition and subsequently, the national team made very few games against other teams. A 10–0 home friendly defeat against England, two years after the war, was the proof of how the irregularity of the games had taken its effects on the squad; this result still stands as their biggest ever defeat.

1950s and early 1960sEdit

On the restart of games, the team was to play a two-legged round against Spain, just like in the 1934 qualification. After a 5–1 defeat in Madrid, they managed to draw in the second game 2–2 and so the qualification ended with a 7–3 aggregate score. While they did not qualify on the pitch, they would later be invited to replace Turkey, which had withdrawn from participating; however, Portugal too refused to participate.

For the qualification of the 1954 World Cup, the team would play Austria. The Austrians won the first game with a humiliating 9–1 result. The best the national team could do was hold the team to a goalless draw in Lisbon, and the round ended with a 9–1 defeat.

In the 1958 qualification, Portugal won a qualification match for the first time, 3–0 at home with Italy. Nevertheless, they finished last in the group stage that also featured Northern Ireland; only the first-placed team, Northern Ireland, would qualify.

The year 1960 was the year that UEFA created the European Football Championship. The first edition was a knock-out tournament, the last four teams participating in final stage that only featured one leg while the older stages had two legs. For the first round, the Seleção das Quinas won 2–0 against East Germany and 3–2 in Porto for the second leg, finishing with a 5–2 two-legged win. The quarter-final opponent was Yugoslavia. Despite winning the first game 2–1, they lost the second leg 5–1 in Belgrade, and lost 6–3 on aggregate.

England and Luxembourg were the 1962 FIFA World Cup qualification adversaries of the national team. Portugal ended second in the group, behind England. Like in the previous World Cup qualification, only the first in the group would qualify.

In the 1964 European Championship. Portugal played against Bulgaria in the first round. The Portuguese lost in Sofia and won in Lisbon. With the round tied 4–4, a replay was needed in a neutral ground. In Rome, Portugal lost 1–0.

1966 World Cup and 1970sEdit

In the 1966 World Cup qualification, Portugal was drawn into the same group as Czechoslovakia, Romania and Turkey. They topped the group with only one draw and one defeat during all the six games and finally qualified for a FIFA World Cup, that year the final stage would be held in England. Notable results were both 1–0 away wins against Czechoslovakia and Turkey and a 5–1 home win against the Turks.

The team started out with three wins in the group stage where they were in Group C when they beat Hungary 3–1, Bulgaria 3–0, and two-time defending champions Brazil 3–1. Secondly, they beat surprise quarter-finalist North Korea 5–3, with Eusébio getting four markers to overturn a 3–0 deficit. Later, they reached the semi-finals where they were beaten by hosts England 2–1; in this game, Portugal would have played in Liverpool, but as England were the hosts, FIFA decided that the game should have been in London, which led the Portuguese team travel unexpectedly from Liverpool to London. Portugal then defeated the Soviet Union 2–1 in the third place match for their best World Cup finish to date. Eusébio was the top scorer of the World Cup with nine goals.

In the Euro 1972 qualifiers, Portugal had to win its group that comprised the teams of Belgium, Denmark and Scotland. Portugal finished second to Belgium.

For the 1974 qualification stages, Portugal were unable to defeat Bulgaria (2–2) in the decisive match, thus not qualifying.

Portugal faced tough competition from the strong Poland team for the place in the 1978 World Cup in Argentina. They finished second place, behind Poland.

Late 1970s until early 1990sEdit

The national team was put alongside Austria, Belgium, Norway and Scotland to fight for the first spot in the group, which would allow them to go to the final stage of UEFA Euro 1980. Portugal took third place.

For the 1982 qualification, the Portuguese team had to face Israel, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Sweden for the top two group places. Portugal finished in fourth place.

During the qualifying campaign for Euro 1984, Portugal was grouped with Finland, Poland and the Soviet Union. Portugal won the group with a win over the Soviet Union. Portugal ended in Group B, alongside Spain, West Germany and Romania. In the first two matches, they tied 0–0 and 1–1 against West Germany and Spain, respectively. A 1–0 win over Romania gave them second place in the group, to go through to the knockout stage, where they were matched against the hosts, France. The game was tied after 90 minutes and went into extra time; Portugal made the score 2–1, but France scored in the 114th and 119th minutes to eliminate Portugal 3–2 and go through to the final.

For the 1986 tournament, the Seleção played against Czechoslovakia, Malta, Sweden and West Germany for the two spots that would guarantee them a ticket to Mexico. Needing a win in the last game against West Germany in Stuttgart, Portugal won the game to become the first team to beat West Germany at their home ground in an official match. The team exited early in the group stages after a win and two losses. They started with a 1–0 win to England, but later were beaten by Poland and Morocco 1–0 and 3–1 respectively. Their staying in Mexico was marked by the Saltillo Affair, where players refused to train in order to win more prizes from the Football Federation.

For the UEFA Euro 1988 the Portuguese team attempted to top their qualifying group in a group with Italy, Malta, Sweden and Switzerland; however, they finished in third.

 
Luís Figo playing for Portugal at the 2006 FIFA World Cup

The 1990 World Cup qualification was in a group along with Belgium, Czechoslovakia, Luxembourg and Switzerland, Portugal fought to get one of the first two spots of the group. Playing at home against Czechoslovakia, the game ended in a 0–0 allowing the East Europeans to get the second place.

During the draws for the Euro 1992 qualifying, the Netherlands, Greece, Finland and Malta were the other teams. The Portuguese ended second behind the Dutch.

For the 1994 World Cup qualification, Portugal played in the same group as Estonia, Italy, Malta, Scotland and Switzerland for the two highest places. They ended in third behind Italy and Switzerland.

1995 to 2006: The golden generationEdit

At the UEFA Euro 1996, Portugal finished first in Group D, and in the quarter-finals, they lost 1–0 to the Czech Republic. This team was known as the Golden generation, a group of youngsters who had won the FIFA U-20 World Cup in 1989 and 1991 and were now leading the national senior squad; they also reached the semi-finals of UEFA Euro 2000 but were eliminated at the group stages of the 2002 FIFA World Cup despite high reputations.[4]

 
Portuguese fans supporting the national team

Portugal failed to qualify for the 1998 FIFA World Cup. In Euro 2000 qualifying, Portugal finished second in their group, one point short of first-placed Romania. However, after finishing as the top runner-up nation in qualifying, Portugal nonetheless secured passage to the tournament final stage. In the final stage, they defeated England 3–2, Romania 1–0 and Germany 3–0 to finish first in Group A, then defeated Turkey in the quarter-finals. In the semi-final against France, Portugal were eliminated in extra time when Zinedine Zidane converted a penalty. Referee Günter Benkö awarded the spot kick for a handball after Abel Xavier blocked a shot. Xavier, Nuno Gomes and Paulo Bento were all given lengthy suspensions for subsequently shoving the referee.[5] The final result was 2–1.

During 2002 FIFA World Cup qualifying, Portugal won the group. Several problems and poor judgement decisions occurred during the preparation and tournament itself – shopping sprees by players were widely reported in the Portuguese press. Questionable managing choices and some amateurism, including the same lack of agreement on prizes. Portugal underachieved and ended third in its group stage, subsequently eliminated. Manager António Oliveira was fired after the World Cup. Portugal entered the tournament as favourites to win Group D. However, they were upset 3–2 by the United States. They then rebounded with a 4–0 smashing of Poland. Needing a draw to advance, they lost the final group game to hosts South Korea.[6]

 
Portugal lost the Euro 2004 final 1–0 to Greece.

The next major competition, the UEFA Euro 2004, was held in Portugal. On the preparation, the Football Federation made a contract with Luiz Felipe Scolari to manage the team until the tournament ended. The Portuguese team entered the tournament being a favourite to win it. The host nation lost the first game against Greece 1–2. They got their first win against Russia 2–0 and also beat Spain 1–0. They went on to play against England, in a 2–2 draw that went into penalties, with Portugal winning. Portugal beat the Netherlands 2–1 in the semi-final. They were beaten by Greece 1–0 in the final.

After the tournament ended, a lot of players belonging to the Geração de Ouro (Golden Generation), abandoned their international footballing careers, with only Luís Figo remaining in the team, despite a temporary retirement.

The silver lining for Portugal was the emergence of Cristiano Ronaldo. Ronaldo was selected in the UEFA Euro All Stars Team. While Portugal was playing in the competition, Scolari agreed in a new two-year deal with the Federation.

 
Ronaldo, pictured playing against Germany at Euro 2012, assumed the captaincy in the wake of Euro 2008.

Portugal finished first in the qualifying round for the 2006 World Cup. Portugal finished first place in Group D of the World Cup, with victories over Angola (1–0), Iran (2–0) and Mexico (2–1). The Netherlands lost to Portugal 1–0 in the Round of 16 in Nuremberg in an acrimonious match marked by 16 yellow cards, with four players sent off. (See the Battle of Nuremberg.) Portugal drew 0–0 after extra-time with England, but won 3–1 on penalties to reach their first World Cup semi-final since 1966. Portugal lost 1–0 against France in the semi-finals. Portugal faced Germany in the third place play-off match in a 3–1 defeat. Ultimately, the team won the "Most Entertaining Team" award for their play during the World Cup. Once again Scolari was asked to accept a new deal with the Federation that would maintain with as the manager until the end of the next competition.

Recent history and European Championship winEdit

 
Portugal lining up before a match at the 2018 FIFA World Cup

For Euro 2008 Portugal finished second in qualification behind Poland, and won their first two group games against Turkey and the Czech Republic, although a loss to co-hosts Switzerland set up a quarter-final matchup with Germany which the team lost 2–3. After the tournament, Scolari left to take over at Chelsea.

Portugal came second in the qualifying stages for the 2010 FIFA World Cup under Carlos Queiroz, then beat Bosnia and Herzegovina in a play-off, thereby reaching every tournament in the decade. A 19-match undefeated streak, in which the team conceded only three goals, ended with a loss to eventual champions Spain in the round of 16, 1–0. Queiroz was later criticised for setting up his team in an overly cautious way.[7] After the World Cup, squad regulars Simão, Paulo Ferreira, Miguel and Tiago all retired from international football. Queiroz was banned from coaching the national team for one month after he tried to block a doping test to the team while preparing for the World Cup, as well as directing insulting words to the testers.[8] In consequence, he received a further six-month suspension. Several media outbursts from Queiroz[9] against the heads of the Portuguese Football Federation followed, which partly prompted his dismissal. Paulo Bento was appointed as his replacement at head coach.[10]

Bento's team qualified for Euro 2012, They were drawn with Germany, Denmark and the Netherlands in a widely-speculated "group of death". They lost their first game 0–1 to Germany, then beat Denmark 3–2. The final group stage match was against the Netherlands. After Van der Vaart had given the Dutch a 1–0 lead, Ronaldo netted twice to ensure a 2–1 victory. Portugal finished second in the group and qualified for the knockout phase. Portugal defeated the Czech Republic 1–0 in the quarter-finals with a header from Ronaldo. The semi-final match was against Spain. The game ended 0–0 and Portugal lost 4–2 on penalties.

In 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying, Portugal won 4–2 on aggregate in a play-off against Sweden with all four goals being scored by Ronaldo, and was drawn into Group G with the United States, Germany and Ghana. Their first match against the Germans was their worst-ever defeat in a World Cup, a 4–0 loss.[11] They went on to draw 2–2 against the United States and won 2–1 against Ghana. However, the team were eliminated due to inferior goal difference to the Americans.

Portugal began the Euro 2016 qualifiers with a 0–1 home defeat against Albania, which resulted in Bento being dismissed from his managerial post to be replaced by Fernando Santos in September 2014.[12] Nevertheless, the team qualified and were placed in Group F alongside newcomers Iceland, Austria and Hungary; after drawing with all three they advanced into the knockout stage as the third-best third place team. Portugal beat Croatia 1–0 in the Round of 16 after a goal from Ricardo Quaresma in extra time,[13] then defeated Poland 5–3 on penalties to reach the semi-finals.[14] In the semi-finals they defeated Wales 2–0 in regulation time with goals from Ronaldo and Nani to reach the final at the Stade de France against hosts France.[15] The early stages of the final saw Ronaldo limp off the pitch injured; substitute Eder scored the match's only goal in the 109th minute.[16][17] Ronaldo won the Silver Boot, scoring three goals and creating three assists.

Following their Euro 2016 victory, Portugal participated in the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup, where they finished third. In the 2018 FIFA World Cup, Portugal were defeated by Uruguay in the last 16.[18]

Team imageEdit

Kits and crestEdit

Portugal's home kits has alternated between burgundy and a more standard red over the years. The 2014 World Cup jersey was notable for featuring both burgundy and red as primary colors.

Since 1997 the team's kits have been manufactured by Nike. Prior to this they were supplied by Adidas (1976–94) and Olympic (1994–96).

Media coverageEdit

Portugal's Nations League, qualifying, and friendly matches are broadcast by RTP.

Coaching staffEdit

Position Name
Head Coach   Fernando Santos
Assistant Coach   Ilídio Vale
Assistant Coach   Ricardo Santos
Assistant Coach   Jorge Rosário
Goalkeeping Coach   Fernando Justino

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

The following players were called up to the Portugal squad for the 2018–19 UEFA Nations League fixtures against Italy and Poland on 17 and 20 November 2018 respectively.[19]
Caps and goals are correct as of 17 November 2018 after the game against Italy.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Rui Patrício (1988-02-15) 15 February 1988 (age 30) 77 0   Wolverhampton Wanderers
22 1GK Beto (1982-06-01) 1 June 1982 (age 36) 15 0   Göztepe
1GK Cláudio Ramos (1991-11-16) 16 November 1991 (age 27) 1 0   Tondela

2 2DF João Cancelo (1994-05-27) 27 May 1994 (age 24) 11 3   Juventus
3 2DF Rúben Dias (1997-05-14) 14 May 1997 (age 21) 6 0   Benfica
4 2DF Luís Neto (1988-05-26) 26 May 1988 (age 30) 19 0   Zenit Saint Petersburg
5 2DF Raphaël Guerreiro (1993-12-22) 22 December 1993 (age 24) 29 2   Borussia Dortmund
6 2DF José Fonte (1983-12-22) 22 December 1983 (age 34) 36 0   Lille
19 2DF Mário Rui (1991-05-27) 27 May 1991 (age 27) 8 0   Napoli
21 2DF Cédric (1991-08-31) 31 August 1991 (age 27) 33 1   Southampton
2DF Pepe (1983-02-26) 26 February 1983 (age 35) 102 7   Beşiktaş
2DF Kévin Rodrigues (1994-03-05) 5 March 1994 (age 24) 2 0   Real Sociedad

8 3MF Renato Sanches (1997-08-18) 18 August 1997 (age 21) 17 1   Bayern Munich
10 3MF João Mário (1993-01-19) 19 January 1993 (age 25) 41 2   Internazionale
13 3MF Danilo Pereira (1991-09-09) 9 September 1991 (age 27) 30 1   Porto
14 3MF William Carvalho (1992-04-07) 7 April 1992 (age 26) 52 2   Betis
16 3MF Bruno Fernandes (1994-09-08) 8 September 1994 (age 24) 11 1   Sporting CP
18 3MF Rúben Neves (1997-03-13) 13 March 1997 (age 21) 9 0   Wolverhampton Wanderers
20 3MF Pizzi (1989-10-06) 6 October 1989 (age 29) 13 2   Benfica

7 4FW Bruma (1994-10-24) 24 October 1994 (age 24) 6 1   RB Leipzig
9 4FW Eder (1987-12-22) 22 December 1987 (age 30) 34 5   Lokomotiv Moscow
11 4FW Bernardo Silva (1994-08-10) 10 August 1994 (age 24) 33 3   Manchester City
15 4FW Rafa Silva (1993-05-17) 17 May 1993 (age 25) 12 0   Benfica
17 4FW Gonçalo Guedes (1996-11-29) 29 November 1996 (age 21) 14 3   Valencia
23 4FW André Silva (1995-11-06) 6 November 1995 (age 23) 30 14   Sevilla

Recent call-upsEdit

The following players have also been called up to the Portugal squad within the last 12 months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Anthony Lopes (1990-10-01) 1 October 1990 (age 28) 7 0   Lyon 2018 FIFA World Cup, 30 June 2018
GK José Sá (1993-01-17) 17 January 1993 (age 25) 0 0   Olympiacos v.   United States, 14 November 2017

DF Pedro Mendes (1990-10-01) 1 October 1990 (age 28) 1 0   Montpellier v.   Scotland, 14 October 2018
DF Bruno Alves (1981-11-27) 27 November 1981 (age 36) 96 11   Parma 2018 FIFA World Cup, 30 June 2018
DF Ricardo Pereira (1993-10-06) 6 October 1993 (age 25) 5 0   Leicester City 2018 FIFA World Cup, 30 June 2018
DF Rolando (1985-08-31) 31 August 1985 (age 33) 21 0   Marseille 2018 FIFA World Cup PRE
DF Vitorino Antunes (1987-04-01) 1 April 1987 (age 31) 13 1   Getafe 2018 FIFA World Cup PRE
DF Nélson Semedo (1993-11-16) 16 November 1993 (age 25) 8 0   Barcelona 2018 FIFA World Cup PRE
DF Fábio Coentrão (1988-03-11) 11 March 1988 (age 30) 52 5   Rio Ave v.   Egypt, 23 March 2018 INJ
DF Ricardo Ferreira (1992-11-25) 25 November 1992 (age 25) 1 0   Braga v.   United States, 14 November 2017
DF Edgar Ié (1994-05-01) 1 May 1994 (age 24) 1 0   Lille v.   United States, 14 November 2017

MF André Gomes (1993-07-30) 30 July 1993 (age 25) 29 0   Everton v.   Italy, 17 November 2018 INJ
MF Sérgio Oliveira (1992-06-02) 2 June 1992 (age 26) 3 0   Porto v.   Scotland, 14 October 2018
MF Gedson Fernandes (1999-01-09) 9 January 1999 (age 19) 2 0   Benfica v.   Scotland, 14 October 2018
MF João Moutinho (1986-09-08) 8 September 1986 (age 32) 113 7   Wolverhampton Wanderers 2018 FIFA World Cup, 30 June 2018
MF Adrien Silva (1989-03-15) 15 March 1989 (age 29) 26 1   Leicester City 2018 FIFA World Cup, 30 June 2018
MF Manuel Fernandes (1986-02-05) 5 February 1986 (age 32) 15 3   Lokomotiv Moscow 2018 FIFA World Cup, 30 June 2018

FW Hélder Costa (1994-01-12) 12 January 1994 (age 24) 1 1   Wolverhampton Wanderers v.   Scotland, 14 October 2018
FW Gelson Martins (1995-05-11) 11 May 1995 (age 23) 21 0   Atlético Madrid v.   Italy, 10 September 2018
FW Rony Lopes (1995-12-28) 28 December 1995 (age 22) 2 0   Monaco v.   Italy, 10 September 2018 INJ
FW Cristiano Ronaldo (Captain) (1985-02-05) 5 February 1985 (age 33) 154 85   Juventus 2018 FIFA World Cup, 30 June 2018
FW Ricardo Quaresma (1983-09-26) 26 September 1983 (age 35) 80 10   Beşiktaş 2018 FIFA World Cup, 30 June 2018
FW Nani (1986-11-17) 17 November 1986 (age 32) 112 24   Sporting CP 2018 FIFA World Cup PRE
FW Paulinho (1992-11-09) 9 November 1992 (age 26) 0 0   Braga 2018 FIFA World Cup PRE
FW Gonçalo Paciência (1994-08-01) 1 August 1994 (age 24) 1 0   Eintracht Frankfurt v.   United States, 14 November 2017

INJ Player withdrew from the squad due to an injury.
PRE Preliminary squad.
RET Retired from international football.

Recent and forthcoming fixturesEdit

2017Edit

2018Edit

Key: GS, Group stage; R16, round of 16; QF, quarter-finals; SF, semi-finals; 3rd, third-place match; FWC, FIFA World Cup; FWC Q, FIFA World Cup qualification; UNL, UEFA Nations League; FCC, FIFA Confederations Cup

StatisticsEdit

RecordsEdit

[citation needed]

Most goals scored in one World Cup 
9 – Eusébio (1966)
Most goals scored in World Cup finals 
9 – Eusébio (1966)
Most matches played in World Cup 
17 – Cristiano Ronaldo (2006, 2010, 2014 & 2018)
Most goals scored in one European Championship 
4 – Nuno Gomes (2000)
Most goals scored in European Championship finals
9 – Cristiano Ronaldo (2004, 2008, 2012 & 2016)
Most matches played in European Championship finals
21 – Cristiano Ronaldo (2004, 2008, 2012 & 2016)
Oldest player
38 years, 8 months and 3 days – Vítor Damas (1–3 against Morocco on 11 June 1986)
Oldest outfield player
38 years, 1 month and 4 days – Ricardo Carvalho (3–3 against Hungary on 22 June 2016)
Oldest goalscorer
36 years, 10 months and 11 days – Ricardo Carvalho (2–1 against Serbia on 29 March 2015)
Youngest debutant
17 years, 6 months and 24 days – Paulo Futre (5–0 against Finland on 21 September 1983)
Youngest goalscorer
17 years, 9 months and 25 days – Fernando Chalana (2–1 against Cyprus on 5 December 1976)
Longest national career
17 years, 3 months and 5 days – Vítor Damas (From 6 April 1969 to 11 July 1986)
Longest national career for an outfield player
15 years, 9 months and 18 days – Nuno Gomes (From 24 January 1996 to 11 October 2011)
Youngest player to reach 100 caps
27 years, 8 months and 11 days – Cristiano Ronaldo (1–1 against Northern Ireland on 16 October 2012)
Most hat-tricks
6 – Cristiano Ronaldo (includes four goals against Andorra on 7 October 2016)
Youngest player to score a hat-trick
20 years, 11 months and 4 days – André Silva (6–0 against Faroe Islands on 10 October 2016)

Most capped playersEdit

 
Ronaldo is Portugal's most capped player and all-time top scorer.
As of matches played 11 October 2018[21]
Players in bold are still active for the national team.
# Name Caps Goals First cap Latest cap
1 Cristiano Ronaldo 154 85 20 August 2003 30 June 2018
2 Luís Figo 127 32 12 October 1991 8 July 2006
3 João Moutinho 113 7 17 August 2005 25 June 2018
4 Nani 112 24 1 September 2006 2 July 2017
5 Fernando Couto 110 8 19 December 1990 30 June 2004
6 Pepe 102 7 21 November 2007 11 October 2018
7 Bruno Alves 96 11 5 June 2007 7 June 2018
8 Rui Costa 94 26 31 March 1993 4 July 2004
9 Ricardo Carvalho 89 5 11 October 2003 22 June 2016
10 Pauleta 88 47 20 August 1997 8 July 2006

Top goalscorersEdit

As of matches played 10 September 2018[22]
Players in bold are still active for the national team.
# Name Goals Caps Average First cap Latest cap
1 Cristiano Ronaldo (list) 85 154 0.55 20 August 2003 30 June 2018
2 Pauleta (list) 47 88 0.53 20 August 1997 8 July 2006
3 Eusébio (list) 41 64 0.64 8 October 1961 13 October 1973
4 Luís Figo (list) 32 127 0.25 12 October 1991 8 July 2006
5 Nuno Gomes (list) 29 79 0.37 24 January 1996 11 October 2011
6 Hélder Postiga (list) 27 71 0.38 13 June 2003 14 November 2014
7 Rui Costa (list) 26 94 0.28 31 March 1993 4 July 2004
8 Nani (list) 24 112 0.21 1 September 2006 2 July 2017
9 João Pinto (list) 23 81 0.30 12 October 1991 14 June 2002
10 Nené (list) 22 66 0.33 21 April 1971 23 June 1984
Simão (list) 22 85 0.26 18 October 1998 29 June 2010

Competitive recordEdit

     Champions       Runners-up       Third place[a]       Fourth place  

FIFA World CupEdit

FIFA World Cup record FIFA World Cup qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
  1930 Did not enter Declined participation
  1934 Did not qualify 2 0 0 2 1 11
  1938 1 0 0 1 1 2
  1950 2 0 1 1 3 7
  1954 2 0 1 1 1 9
  1958 4 1 1 2 4 7
  1962 4 1 1 2 9 7
  1966 Third place 3rd 6 5 0 1 17 8 6 4 1 1 9 4
  1970 Did not qualify 6 1 2 3 8 10
  1974 6 2 3 1 10 6
  1978 6 4 1 1 12 6
  1982 8 3 1 4 8 11
  1986 Group stage 17th 3 1 0 2 2 4 8 5 0 3 12 10
  1990 Did not qualify 8 4 2 2 11 8
  1994 10 6 2 2 18 5
  1998 10 5 4 1 12 4
    2002 Group stage 21st 3 1 0 2 6 4 10 7 3 0 33 7
  2006 Fourth place 4th 7 4 1* 2 7 5 12 9 3 0 35 5
  2010 Round of 16 11th 4 1 2 1 7 1 12 7 4 1 19 5
  2014 Group stage 18th 3 1 1 1 4 7 12 8 3 1 24 11
  2018 Round of 16 13th 4 1 2 1 6 6 10 9 0 1 32 4
  2022 To be determined
      2026
Total Third place 7/21 30 14 6 10 49 35 139 76 33 30 262 139
*Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks. Darker color indicates win, normal color indicates lost.

UEFA European ChampionshipEdit

UEFA European Championship record Qualification record
Year Result Position Pld W D* L GF GA Pld W D* L GF GA
  1960 Did not qualify 4 3 0 1 8 8
  1964 3 1 0 2 4 5
  1968 6 2 2 2 6 6
  1972 6 3 1 2 10 6
  1976 6 2 3 1 5 7
  1980 8 4 1 3 10 11
  1984 Semi-finals 3rd 4 1 2 1 4 4 6 5 0 1 11 6
  1988 Did not qualify 8 2 4 2 6 8
  1992 8 5 1 2 11 4
  1996 Quarter-finals 5th 4 2 1 1 5 2 10 7 2 1 29 7
    2000 Semi-finals 3rd 5 4 0 1 10 4 10 7 2 1 32 4
  2004 Runners-up 2nd 6 3 1* 2 8 6 Qualified as hosts
    2008 Quarter-finals 7th 4 2 0 2 7 6 14 7 6 1 24 10
   2012 Semi-finals 3rd[b] 5 3 1* 1 6 4 10 6 2 2 27 14
  2016 Champions 1st 7 3 4* 0 9 5 8 7 0 1 11 5
  2020 To be determined To be determined
  2024 To be determined To be determined
Total 1 Title 7/15 35 18 9(2*)(1*) 8 49 31 107 61 24 22 194 101
*Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks. Darker color indicates win, normal color indicates lost.

FIFA Confederations CupEdit

Year Round Position Games Won Drawn Lost GF GA
  1992 Did not qualify
  1995
  1997
  1999
    2001
  2003
  2005
  2009
  2013
  2017 Third place 3rd 5 3 2 0 9 3
Total Third place 1/10 5 3 2 0 9 3
*Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks. Darker color indicates win, normal color indicates lost.

Summer Olympic GamesEdit

Football at the Summer Olympics has been an under-23 tournament since 1992.

Olympics record
Year Round Position Games Won Drawn Lost GF GA
  1896 No football tournament
  1900 Did not enter
  1904
  1908
  1912
  1920
  1924
  1928 Quarter-finals - 3 2 0 1 7 5
  1932 No football tournament
  1936 Did not enter
  1948
  1952
  1956
  1960
  1964
  1968
  1972
  1976
  1980
  1984 Did not qualify
  1988
Since 1992 See Portugal Olympic football team
Total Quarter-finals 1/19 3 2 0 1 7 5
*Denotes draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.
**Gold background colour indicates that the tournament was won.
***Red border color indicates tournament was held on home soil.

UEFA Nations LeagueEdit

UEFA Nations League record
Year Division Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA
2018–19 A Group stage Top 4 3 2 1 0 4 2
Total 1/1 3 2 1 0 4 2
*Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.

Minor tournamentsEdit

Year Round Position GP W D* L GF GA
  1964 Taça de Nações Group stage 3rd 3 0 1 2 2 7
  1972 Brazil Independence Cup Final 2nd 8 6 1 1 17 5
  1992 U.S. Cup Group stage 4th 3 0 1 2 0 3
  1995 SkyDome Cup Winners, group stage 1st 2 1 1 0 2 1
Total 1 title 16 7 4 5 21 16
*Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.

Honours and achievementsEdit

FootnotesEdit

  1. ^ Semi-final finishes not counted.
  2. ^ Though there was no third place playoff, UEFA decided in the 2012 edition to award the semi-final losers (Germany and Portugal) bronze medals for the first time.[23]

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